Dartmouth College, which today ended a five-day coed living experiment, has finally succumbed to the coeducational bug that has recently gripped the Ivy League.
"The girls added some excitement to what otherwise would have been another dismal week," said a staff member of the Daily Dartmouth. "Overall reaction from students, girls, and faculty alike was that Dartmouth should definitely go coed," he said.
One thousand girls from a dozen eastern colleges participated in the program. They went to classes, roomed in dormitories temporarily vacated by the Dartmouth students, and participated in many extra-curricular activities. The girls helped put out a coed newspaper and were allowed to attend club meetings.
A coed from Vassar, the Boston Globe quoted, described Dartmouth as "a sylvan bucolic place with a good academic climate." She went on to comment on the week, "we must have coeducation; girls intellectually sit on their fannies when they are alone."
Although the girls joined campus activities, the Daily Dartmouth member did not feel the experiment legitimately showed what coeducation would be like.
"The week was more social than educational," he said. "Having girls around was just too different for us to accept them as regular students. It was the parties that really mattered," he said.
The Campus Conference, an organization handling campus planning, has recommended to the Board of Trustees that a committee be named to investigate coeducation at Dartmouth. The "coed week" committee will report the results of this week's experiment to this group.